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‘All Together Now’ through agriculture

This year’s summer reading program theme is an opportunity for your county Farm Bureau to reach a new audience through your local public library.
Date Posted: March 30, 2023

With another March is Reading Month in the books, public libraries turn their attention to summer reading programs. This year’s public library summer reading program theme is All Together Now.

Cultures around the globe can connect to agriculture through the food we eat and the clothes we wear. Does your county Farm Bureau partner with your public library?

Use this agricultural guide to summer reading program content to share how agriculture relies on all people to provide food, fuel and fiber to the ever-growing population. Check out books related to women in agriculture, cultural foods and people who overcame challenges to be successful in agriculture like Temple Grandin.

An easy way to explore diversity through agriculture is with food! Use the lesson “What’s for Lunch?” to learn about cultural food differences and what contributes to diets around the globe. Check out the last page of the guide for an example of the lessons available.

Scan the QR codes to take you directly to links for books, lesson plans and videos. The books listed in the guide are available on the website in a bundle or individually. Use these books in your county Farm Bureau activity at your local library, then donate the books to the library for everyone to check out.

Research shows we can start opening students’ eyes to potential careers as early as elementary school. This guide dedicates an entire section to career opportunities in agriculture. Use the resources provided to implement career exploration at the library.

Every person has a place in agriculture, the sooner students learn about those opportunities the better! Unsure of where to start? Check out this video series highlighting different careers in agriculture.

Below is the list of books from the guide available for purchase in our store:

Rosie the Pig is about a young girl taking her sick pig to a vet to get properly diagnosed and treated. The book includes checklists and pop quizzes throughout the journey to help readers retain information.

Farmer Will Allen and the Growing Table is based on a true story about former basketball star Will Allen turning an abandoned city lot into a flourishing garden to help feed hungry people. He sets an example of what urban agriculture can be and inspires us to grow our own food even if we live in the city.

The Legend of the Poinsettia tells the story of the Mexican legend of the poinsettia. It explains how the poinsettia tradition came to be as it shares the way of a selfless young girl.

My Louisiana Sky is a novel about a teen girl struggling to work through the loss of her grandmother while being raised by mentally deficient parents. She eventually overcomes those challenges after seeing how much her parents truly love her.

What’s for Lunch? highlights different food that people eat around the world. From where the food originated to where it is commonly eaten now, it takes readers on a journey around the world through food.

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Amelia Miller

Promotion & Education Programs Specialist
517-679-5688 [email protected]